Kendrick Lamar leaks that appear to have been recorded during the sessions for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, have appeared on Spotify. They appeared in a playlist entitled ‘Morale Pack’ by Marozy. Before this, the user had leaked arrangements of the Kanye West tracks ‘City in the Sky’ and ‘Mr. Miyagi’.
As Hot New Hip Hop pointed out, the Kanye tracks are still on the streaming site, whereas the Kendrick ones have now been taken down. The Kendrick leaks were ‘Pure’, ‘Make Me Happy’ and ‘Computer Love’, with fans quickly discussing that they are stylistically very similar to the pieces on Mr. Morale.
Adding credence to the thought that they’re from the same sessions as Mr. Morale, is that the influence of Baby Keem is evident. This is significant because he is one of the many artists who collaborated with Kendrick for his latest album. Furthermore, Keem’s song ‘Vent’ was originally leaked with a developed Kendrick verse, which partially appeared on ‘Pure’. It is rumoured that Pharrell produced it.
Elsewhere, ‘Make Me Happy’, has some of the lines from ‘Purple Hearts’, including the memorable “Crown on Bob Marley, wrist on Yo Gotti.”
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers has been a resounding success. At the start of January 2023, it was awarded the title of the most-streamed rap album of 2022. Per the data released at the time by Chart Data, the California rapper’s latest studio album saw him pip the other challengers with 1.4 billion streams on Spotify alone.
Behind Kendrick’s record were NAV’s Demons Protected by Angels, Drake and 21 Savage’s Her Loss, Future’s I NEVER LIKES YOU and Jack Harlow’s Come Home The Kids Miss You.
Interestingly, Chart Data admitted that the streams counted aren’t guaranteed to be from 2022, as the albums are ranked according to lifetime streams. For example, NAV’s Demons Protected by Angels featured the 2020 single ‘Lemonade’ with Internet Money, Gunna and Don Toliver, meaning that the streams from before 2022 also counted towards annual streams.